MP in fight against sugar in fizzy drinks
An MP has launched a fight against the amount of sugar in fizzy drinks.
Keith Vaz, Labour member for Leicester East, is proposing a new law which would force manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of fizzy drinks, and invest some of their profits into diabetes research.
Mr Vaz, who campaigns to raise people's awareness of the illness and has battled it himself, is putting forward his idea for a new law as a 10-minute rule bill after Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.
A 10-minute rule bill is when back-bench MPs are given the opportunity to pitch a potential new law, outlining it to colleagues through a 10-minute speech. MPs then vote on whether the bill should move through to the next stage of the law-making process.
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Mr Vaz said: "The NHS spends £1million an hour treating diabetes, a disease that can have devastating complications. We need to send a strong message about the importance of a healthy diet and the dangers of excessive sugar."
Mr Vaz's call follows Denmark's introduction of a "fat tax" in October – a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fats – and the French Constitutional Council's approval of a "soda tax" in December – a tax of one euro cent per can of drink.